• YAMAHA|VR46 Riders Academy

    Creating Heirs to the Yamaha
    Spirit of Challenge

  • YAMAHA|VR46 Riders Academy

    Creating Heirs to the Yamaha
    Spirit of Challenge

  • YAMAHA|VR46 Riders Academy

    Creating Heirs to the Yamaha
    Spirit of Challenge

  • YAMAHA|VR46 Riders Academy

    Creating Heirs to the Yamaha
    Spirit of Challenge

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The Program

Creating Heirs to the Yamaha Spirit of Challenge
-Giving riders the chance to shape their future with Yamaha-

In 2015, Yamaha Motor celebrated its 60th anniversary, and in March that year in Tokyo, Japan, the company made a declaration.

"In the 60 years since our founding, we've strived to always be challengers. Our passion to face formidable rivals head-on and come out on top is what drives us, and taking on challenges is what lies at the core of the Yamaha racing spirit. Yamaha will continue to be the greatest challenger in the race arena, so that we will always remain our rivals' strongest competition."

At the same time as this declaration, Yamaha began preparing a program to search the globe in order to train and develop riders who could inherit the Yamaha Spirit of Challenge. More specifically, the goal is to create a path (a step-up model) to world-class competition for young riders with big dreams, aspirations and passion, so that they can one day shape their future with Yamaha.

In March 2016, Yamaha entered into a formal partnership with the VR46 Riders Academy, which was established by MotoGP star Valentino Rossi with the goal of supporting and training young riders to compete on the world stage of motorcycle racing. Through the "The Master Camp" program, the Academy will play a key role as a step in Yamaha’s rider development and mentoring system to nurture future talent.

Twice a year, around five riders-mainly from Asia, initially-will be chosen for The Master Camp. For approximately one week, the riders will receive instruction directly from Rossi and full-time instructors at the Academy’s home base at the Motor Ranch and at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

In the not-too-distant future and together with new heirs to the Yamaha Spirit of Challenge, we want to deliver exceptional value and experiences to motorsports fans all over the world as the strongest challenger for the win in racing. We are eagerly waiting for riders with the ambition and determination to turn their dreams into reality.

The Motor Ranch



A Sanctuary for Learners and Lovers of Motorsports

The Motor Ranch where The Master Camp will take place is the private track and playground of Valentino Rossi and is located in his hometown of Tavullia, Italy. Within the expansive grounds is a dirt-track course based around two ovals, one large and one small, with various intersections spread throughout. It serves as a training facility for the legendary rider and his friends to feed their passion for motorsports.

Many GP greats used dirt-track riding as a training method, such as the late Norifumi "Norick" Abe-one of Rossi’s idols-did before he burst onto the World Championship scene. As such, Rossi set up the VR46 Riders Academy at the Motor Ranch so that the track could be used as a training course for bringing up the next generation of motorcycle racing superstars. For the young Yamaha talents that participate in the Camp, the Motor Ranch will certainly become a sanctuary where they can re-discover the fun of motorsports as they polish their skills, build their dreams and make big leaps forward.